Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bike to Work skills courses

Skills Courses are available to help you get ready for this year's Bike to Work week on the following dates;

Saturday April 25th and again on Saturday May 9th
Courses run from 9am to 4:30pm at The Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay

Course instructor: Gavin MacPhail assisted by Ed Schum

Cost: $30.00 per person

This course is designed for anyone who can ride a bike but is not comfortable riding in traffic.

It combines classroom and on-road training to give you the skills and information you need to take your bike on the road – and enjoy it!

You will learn how to cycle safely and confidently in an urban environment. The course takes you through the most common situations you'll face when you ride your bike in traffic. It also provides you with tips to make cycling a fun and regular part of your life.

You'll learn to:
• maneuver your bike effectively
• determine the best place on the road to ride
• communicate with other road users
• check your bike for safety
• adjust your bike to fit you
• do basic bike maintenance
• choose equipment and clothing
• plan the best routes
• handle weather and riding at night

The Bike to Work Skills course is open to anyone 16 and over, whether you ride to work, to school, to go shopping, or just for the fun of it. You’re never too old to learn to enjoy using your bicycle for transportation!

Please bring your bike (must be in good working order), an approved cycling helmet and lunch, as there will not be enough time to go out to eat.

Register at: Courtenay Recreation, Florence Filberg Centre 250 338 1000 or Lewis Centre 250 338 5371

Two sessions of a shorter version of this course will be held on May 2, at the Comox Rec Centre.

The morning session runs from 9am to 12:30pm – the afternoon session from 12pm to 3:30pm.

Course Instructor: Ed Schum with a presentation of basic bike maintenance by Simon Brampton of Simon’s Cycles.

Cost: $15.00 Per Person

Register at Comox Rec Centre 250 339 2255

Max. 6 students per course.